N is for Neuroscience #AtoZChallenge

I find Neuroscience fascinating. Miriam-Webster defines Neuroscience as “a branch (as of the life sciences that deals with the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology of nerves and nervous tissue and especially with their relation to behavior and learning.” Of course, this is a huge field, and I am far from an expert, so in this post I’ll focus on three benefits of meditation.

  1. Meditation increases the alpha waves in the brain, leading to more positive feelings. It also increases oscillations in theta and alpha waves, improving cognitive ability.
  2. It can help regulate cortisol levels, which directly affects fat storage in the body.
  3. Over time, it can change your gray matter density in parts of brain associated with stress, memory, sense of self, and empathy.

Click here for two five-minute videos on practicing a style of meditation for troubled times.